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Health Tip: Medication Use After a Natural Disaster

-- Natural disasters often lead to power outages and lack of refrigeration and clean water. This may render some medications less potent and potentially harmful.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration explains how this could occur:

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Health Tip: Healthy Brain Suggestions

HealthDay News) -- A healthy brain could mean a longer, healthier life, since it's responsible for most everything we do.

A recent advisory from the American Heart Association suggests how to keep your brain active and healthy:

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Health Tip: Do You Have Athlete's Foot?

-- Athlete's foot is a fungal skin disease that leads to pain and itch, notably between the toes.

The warm, moist and dark environment created by our footwear is an ideal breeding ground for fungus. The germ often lingers on pool decks and in public showers.

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Health Tip: Identifying Chicken Pox

-- While chicken pox is not as common as it used to be, youngsters and unvaccinated adults are still at risk.

The highly contagious disease is caused by the varicella zoster virus.

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Health Tip: Stair Safety For Older People

-- Some elderly people are at heightened risk for falling, especially at home. Six of 10 falls occur within the home -- often due to lax stair safety, the National Institute on Aging says.



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Health Tip: Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

-- Carbon monoxide (CO) is routinely called a "silent killer," since the toxic gas is odorless and tasteless.

More than 400 people die each year in the United States from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, and more than 50,000 people visit the emergency room due to CO exposure, the CDC says.

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Health Tip: Four Common Types Of Acne

-- Acne is typically caused by the clogging of hair follicles by debris from skin cells, skin inflammation, oily secretions and certain bacteria.

The American Skin Association identifies these common types of acne and their causes:

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Health Tip: Is Your Baby Teething?

-- Most babies are born with 20 teeth below the gum line, but the process of teething typically doesn't start until about 6 months of age.

Most teeth will come in before the child turns one, with the molars coming in by age three.

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